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  • RNC Chairman calls for Holder resignation

    05/14/2013 10:16:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 14, 2013 | Susan Ferrechio
    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus believes Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for tapping the phones of the Associated Press, calling the move a violation of the First Amendment. Here is his statement: “Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society. The First Amendment doesn’t request the federal government to respect it; it demands it. Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. Because Attorney General Holder has so egregiously...
  • RNC chairman calls for full recount in West-Murphy race

    11/14/2012 2:36:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-14-2012 | Alexandra Jaffe
    November 14, 2012 RNC chairman calls for full recount in West-Murphy race Alexandra Jaffe Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is echoing Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) call for a full recount of early ballots in his race, offering a rare show of support for a Republican lawmaker still locked in a yet-undecided race. "The voters of Florida's 18th Congressional District deserve to have their ballots counted properly. Congressman Allen West has asked election officials in St. Lucie County to count all early voting ballots, and I strongly urge them to do so in order to erase any existing concerns about...
  • At RNC, Michael Steele is man who doesn’t exist

    08/25/2012 10:26:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8-26-2012 | Byron York
    August 26, 2012 At RNC, Michael Steele is man who doesn’t exist Byron York TAMPA — Republicans gathered at the University Club in downtown Tampa Saturday night to honor GOP chairman Reince Priebus. The event was sponsored by the Wisconsin delegation, which of course represents Priebus’ home state, and the Mississippi delegation, home of former governor and former RNC chairman Haley Barbour. There were several major players there: Priebus himself, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson, Barbour and nephew Henry Barbour, former Virginia governor and former RNC chair Jim Gilmore, former chair Mike Duncan, and others. With the presence...
  • NY Times: $900K Flows From 'Mysterious' Donor

    07/28/2012 2:45:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 28, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    The New York Times has a front-page story today on a political giver named James Robert Williams, who has no visible means of support, but is very generous to both parties and to politicians of different stripes. From the article: ...one government watchdog group called the pattern of donations extremely troubling. Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, said, "In more than 15 years of investigating political corruption, I've never seen a more suspicious set of facts." According to the story by reporters Raymond Hernandez, Alison Leigh Cowan and Jo Craven McGinty, Williams lives in a...
  • RNC chairman promises to make Fast and Furious a 2012 election theme

    12/23/2011 7:37:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 76 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 22 December, 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus reiterated his call for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation on Wednesday, and promised Operation Fast and Furious will be an election issue in 2012. “Holder may want to point fingers and play the blame game, but as the Attorney General, he bears the responsibility,” Priebus told The Daily Caller. “It’s past time for the attorney general to come clean and take responsibility and if he doesn’t, he has a boss who should.” “Obama’s leadership deficit in holding the members of his administration accountable demonstrates yet again that the president is taking Washington in the...
  • Who is Reince Preibus (Ryns Pree-bus)? Why is he the new GOP Chairman?

    01/15/2011 11:09:58 PM PST · by Sun · 42 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Jan. 15, 2011 | Patrician Walston
    Many are interested in his views on family values and issues as he will play a huge part in Election 2012. “In the December 1, 2010 RNC candidate forum, Priebus provided a few details about his politics. He said he believes the RNC is "part of" the Tea Party movement. He believes in the Christian God. He stated that if he were elected as RNC chair it would be through God's blessing; believes it is the Republican Party's mission to "save our country, to save our party, and to take back the White House.” He believes someone who is "pro-abortion,...
  • Steele Out, Priebus In at RNC

    01/14/2011 3:27:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 82 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 14th 2011 | FoxNews/AP
    WASHINGTON --Reince Priebus was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday after Michael Steeledropped his bid to stay atop the party for another two years. Priebus clinched the victory after seven rounds, securing 97 votes, more than the 85 required to win. Steele dropped out of the race after four rounds. "At this time, I will step aside for others to lead," Steele told the168 RNC committee members at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, Md. "But in so doing, I hope y'all appreciate the legacy we leave. Despite the noise -- because lord know we had a...
  • Priebus Poised To Fast Track Barbour's 2012 Presidential Bid (Back room deal?)

    01/14/2011 2:37:44 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 30 replies
    riehlworldview ^ | Friday January 14, 2011
    Based upon talking to multiple sources over a period of weeks, I've been able to confirm that a deal struck between the Barbours, Henry and Haley, and Reince Priebus, is set to put Nick Ayers in at the RNC as political director to pave the way for Barbour's 2012 Presidential bid. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is trying to get his southern claws around the RNC as one of his cronies, Nick Ayers, the 28 year old Republican Governors Association Director, is being pumped up to challenge an already embattled Michael Steele. Incoming Republican Governor Association Chairman, Texas Gov. Rick Perry,...
  • Do Blacks Have a Reason to Vote GOP? Michael Steele Says No

    04/24/2010 6:40:43 PM PDT · by blueyon · 106 replies · 2,409+ views
    CBS ^ | 4/22/10 | Stephanie Condon
    The Republican Party has not given African Americans a good reason to vote for the party, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele said Tuesday night. "You really don't have a reason to, to be honest -- we haven't done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True," Steele said at DePaul University, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Steele, the first African-American chairman for the RNC, said the GOP has lost its historical link to African Americans. "This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass," he said. "The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP,...
  • Rev. Peterson: 'Michael Steele is a RINO'

    04/23/2010 10:04:47 AM PDT · by abigail2 · 48 replies · 568+ views
    Bond Action, Inc. ^ | April 23, 2010 | abigail2
    Rev. Peterson: 'Michael Steele is a RINO' Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND Action, blasted RNC Chairman Michael Steele for his latest remarks that blacks don't have a reason to vote Republican. Steele also told 200 DePaul University students listening to his address on Tuesday that the Republicans walked away from blacks and that their strategy over the last 40 years to attract Southern white males has alienated minorities. "Michael Steele is a RINO (Republican In Name Only) -- he's dividing the party and hurting recruitment efforts," said Rev. Peterson. "Since January I have called for the...
  • Steele: No reason for black GOP base

    04/21/2010 4:00:43 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 133 replies · 2,658+ views
    Steele: No reason for black GOP base By: Andy Barr April 21, 2010 05:43 PM EDT Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told a group of students that African-Americans “don’t have a reason” to vote for Republicans. Steele was asked Tuesday night during a speech to roughly 200 students at DePaul University why African-Americans should vote for GOP candidates. “You really don’t have a reason, to be honest,” Steele responded, as was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. “We haven’t done a very good job of giving you one.” Steele has made similar comments in the past, saying during an...
  • Ben Stein: Time for Michael Steele to Go

    04/11/2010 6:28:07 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 71 replies · 1,799+ views
    CBS News ^ | 4/11/10 | Ben Stein
    It is time for Mr. Steele to go.
  • Embattled Steele to Republicans: 'I've Made Mistakes'

    04/10/2010 2:51:40 PM PDT · by Justaham · 16 replies · 347+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-10-10
    NEW ORLEANS -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who has come under fire for his lavish spending, told GOP activists Saturday that he has taken responsibility for his "mistakes" and is now ready to "move on." In a speech to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Steele alluded to the controversy sparked by his committee paying a nearly $2,000 bill at a sex-themed nightclub in Los Angeles that led to at least one state party chairman calling for his resignation. "Now I'll be the first to admit I've made mistakes and it's been incumbent on me to take responsibility, shoulder...
  • Steele: 'I have made mistakes'

    04/10/2010 3:17:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 755+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 10 | LIZ SIDOTI
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Embattled GOP chairman Michael Steele is seeking to quell the furor over his management of the Republican National Committee. He is acknowledging mistakes and vowing to learn from them and he says he wants to move on.
  • VIDEO: Palin: RNC's Michael Steele "Doing A Great Job"

    04/08/2010 7:14:50 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 393 replies · 3,810+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 8, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Sarah Palin: "I support Michael Steele ... I think he's doing a great job. Michael Steele is an outsider. The machine, I think, is tough to penetrate -- I think it's been good to have an independent outsider trying to create some change in the Republican Party."
  • Steele: RNC has learned its lesson

    04/10/2010 7:16:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 888+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-04-10 | Aaron Blake
    NEW ORLEANS -- A more soft-spoken and humble Michael Steele assured his party faithful Saturday that he has learned his lesson from the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) recent troubles. “In life, you realize that you can’t please everyone, but you can certainly make them mad at you the same time, and that’s a lesson well-learned,” Steele said at the outset of his speech to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Steele then offered a quasi-apology for the distractions that have plagued the RNC and led two members of the committee to call for his resignation. “Folks have been mad at us...
  • RNC Resignations and 'Shadow RNC' Could Signal More Trouble for Steele

    04/05/2010 7:00:32 PM PDT · by iowamark · 52 replies · 1,015+ views
    ABC News ^ | 04/05/2010 | By JONATHAN KARL, KRISTINA WONG and HUMA KHAN
    Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released a defiant statement... ...two GOP officials stepped down today -- top GOP donor Sam Fox stepped down from his position on an RNC fundraising committee, and Ken McKay stepped down as RNC Chief of Staff. In his statement, Steele announced he was appointing McKay's deputy, Mike Leavitt, to take his spot. According to a Republican close to the RNC, the elevation of Mike Leavitt -- who managed Steele's unsuccessful Senate campaign -- could spell more trouble for the RNC. Leavitt has been overseeing communications for the past two months, and during that...
  • Coulter Defends Steele, DNC ‘In No Position’ to Complain...With Dems' Past Playboy Parties and All

    04/05/2010 5:43:54 PM PDT · by 198ml · 68 replies · 1,604+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 04/05/10 | Anthony Kang
    Ann Coulter for one has refused to pour gasoline on the Voyeur fire - pledging her full support and offering praise for RNC Chairman Michael Steele. As Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos so touchingly pointed out to Steele, a few Republican leaders have been publicly highly critical of Steele and according to a "poll of insiders" only 20 percent consider him an asset to the party. "Everyone seemed to like him and recently it's like story after story after story - is this guy being villainized?" Fox Business Channel's Eric Bolling asked Coulter on the April 5 "Happy Hour."
  • GOP boss Michael Steele says he and Barack Obama have one thing in common: It's tough being black

    04/05/2010 4:52:02 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 80 replies · 1,444+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/4/2010 | Michael Mcauliff AND Corky Siemaszko
    Embattled GOP party boss Michael Steele said Monday he and President Obama share the same burden - they both get held to a tougher standard because they're black. "The honest answer is, yes," Steele said on "Good Morning America." "Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do." That, said Steele, is "just the reality of it." The GOP chairman spoke out a day after several top Republicans raked him over the coals for lavish spending and after two sex-themed embarrassments rocked the GOP last week. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Steele was off-base.
  • RNC chief of staff Ken McKay resigns

    04/05/2010 4:06:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies · 2,815+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 5, 2010 | Chris Cillizza
    Republican National Committee chief of staff Ken McKay has resigned in the wake of a controversy over an expenditure at a risque California nightclub, RNC communications director Doug Heye said Monday. McKay's resignation comes one week after the Daily Caller Web site reported that the RNC's January expenditure report included nearly $2,000 spent at Voyeur in West Hollywood, a topless nightclub. RNC officials worked to distance Chairman Michael Steele from the controversy -- insisting that not only was he not in attendance but that he had no knowledge of the reimbursement -- and promised changes in the way that people...
  • Who should replace Steele?

    04/05/2010 2:51:42 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 73 replies · 1,222+ views
    Vanity | Today | JessDuntno
    Do we have a POWERHOUSE replacement in the bull pen? I can't think of anyone that I would get really excited about that is available to us now. Do we stick with a pol or go with someone from the Media? Any thoughts? Pardon if this has been discussed. I have seen a hundred threads on dumping this clown, with which I agree whole heartedly, but can't remember seeing too many suggestions about with whom to replace him.
  • Republican chairman Steele criticized for comments on race on ABC (Steele plays race card)

    04/05/2010 2:26:24 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 62 replies · 856+ views
    washington post ^ | 4/5/2010 | Krissah Thompson
    Soon after the nation elected its first black president, Michael S. Steele told a group of conservative bloggers that Barack Obama had "played the race card in reverse beautifully." Monday it was Steele, the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee, who was accused of playing that "card." In an interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos, the chairman was asked whether being an African American gave him a "slimmer margin of error" than another chairman might have. He paused for a moment, then answered evenly. "The honest answer is 'yes,' " he said on "Good Morning America." "It just...
  • RNC Chairman Steele's Newest Aide Misused Baseball Groups' Money

    04/05/2010 12:23:54 PM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies · 1,052+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 04/04/2010 | Annie Groer
    Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele -- who really can't afford another 'holy ----" story after a GOP staffer dropped $1,900 at a lesbian-bondage themed Hollywood club and a top conservative called for an RNC donor boycott -- has hired a new "special assistant for finance." Although described by many as a smart, gifted and glib fundraiser, Neil S. Alpert, 31, who began work on March 29, probably won't do much to burnish Steele's image as a money manager. This is the same Neil S. Alpert who in July 2007 was ordered by the D.C. government to repay nearly $70,000...
  • RNC loses top fundraiser (over Steele)

    04/05/2010 11:00:38 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 121 replies · 2,761+ views
    Politico ^ | 4-5-10 | Ben Smith
    In another serious blow to the Republican National Committee, one of its top fundraisers — and its few remaining connections to the traditional GOP donor base — has resigned a senior, unpaid position. Former Ambassador Sam Fox, a top supporter of George W. Bush who was one of the co-chairmen of the Republican Regents — the RNC's top-level fundraising board — has left the post, two Republican sources said. Fox, a Missouri businessman who was Bush's ambassador to Belgium, was one of the RNC's few remaining connections to the deep-pocketed Republican establishment and was viewed as the heaviest hitter among...
  • Michael Steele Says He and Obama Have 'Slimmer Margins of Error' Because of Their Race

    04/05/2010 9:37:17 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 55 replies · 884+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | 05 APRIL 2010 | GMA
    Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won't resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports of the group's excessive spending, adding that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race. RNC Chairman denies accusations that he is a liability to the Republican Party. "The honest answer is, 'yes,'" he said on "Good Morning America" today. "Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and others to play and that's just the reality of...
  • Steele: Criticism motivated by race

    04/05/2010 6:06:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies · 1,797+ views
    Steele: Criticism motivated by race By Jordan Fabian - 04/05/10 07:59 AM ET Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday brushed aside recent calls for him to resign, saying that harsh criticism from his opponents is motivated by race. In his first interview since it was revealed that the RNC reimbursed young donors for a nearly $2,000 party at a bondage-themed nightclub in Los Angeles, Steele said that black political leaders, such as President Barack Obama and him, are held to an unfair higher standard. "The honest answer is, 'yes,'" he said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "Barack Obama...
  • RNC chairman defends stewardship of party affairs

    04/05/2010 5:30:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 371+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/05/2010 | AP
    Republican Party chairman Michael Steele defended his stewardship of party affairs Monday and dismissed criticism as the talk of GOP figures uncomfortable with his "streetwise" managerial style... Steele had already come under fire for committee spending on flights, limousines and high-end hotels, but he was not present at the Voyeur Hollywood West on Jan. 31 when a group of young Republicans ran a tab picked up by the RNC... But he also attributed his problem to "unnamed Republicans who don't like me." Steele was asked if he felt he has a smaller margin of error than others because he's black....
  • Michael Steele Says He and Obama Have Slimmer Margins of Error Because They Are African-American

    04/05/2010 5:22:40 AM PDT · by iowamark · 86 replies · 1,557+ views
    ABC News ^ | 04/05/2010 | By HUMA KHAN, JONATHAN KARL and POLSON KANNETH
    Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won't resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports of the group's excessive spending, adding that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race. "The honest answer is, 'yes,'" he said on "Good Morning America" today. "Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and others to play and that's just the reality of it. But you just take that as a part of the nature of...
  • VIDEO: Michael Steele Says He Will Not Resign

    04/05/2010 4:34:45 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 34 replies · 642+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 5, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    RNC Chairman Michael Steele on if he will resign: "No, and I understand that. Of course they've been saying that since the day I got the job."
  • Washington Post: Republicans withhold confidence in Michael Steele

    04/04/2010 2:36:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 788+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 04/05/2010
    Two senior congressional Republicans on Sunday declined to express confidence in Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele after revelations that the RNC spent $2,000 entertaining potential contributors at a sex-themed nightclub. The controversy over Steele's leadership of the Republican National Committee comes as the party is hoping to seize back control of the U.S. Congress from President Barack Obama's Democrats in November congressional elections. But Steele's stewardship of the RNC is threatening to distract Republicans at a pivotal time. Asked whether Steele should step down, Senator Jon Kyl, the Senate's number two Republican, said on the "Fox News Sunday" program:...
  • Former Time Reporter Says RNC Strip-Club Bill Somehow Worse Than Illegal Straw Donations.

    04/04/2010 1:15:08 PM PDT · by Randy Larsen · 31 replies · 898+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 4/2/2010 | Tim Graham
    Former Time White House correspondent (and Carter administration appointee) Margaret Carlson really wants RNC chairman Michael Steele fired. In her Bloomberg News column on Wednesday, she badly exaggerated: "In the world of fundraising scandals, this one makes former Vice President Al Gore’s visit to a Buddhist temple look as quaint as tea at Buckingham Palace."
  • GOP needs new chief: Steele's not getting job done

    04/03/2010 3:23:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 47 replies · 805+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 3, 2010 | Linda Sanchez
    GOP Chairman Michael Steele is a talented guy: smart, affable, telegenic, with a gift for gab. He ran a great race for US Senate from one of the toughest states for a Republican to win, Maryland. I should know, I lost my own Senate race there in 1986 and no Republican has won the seat in 30 years. But the best thing Steele could do now for the GOP is to step aside as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele has gotten a lot of bad press this week for gross (in every sense of the word) misspending of...
  • 'Bondage-gate' spurs donor drain for RNC

    04/02/2010 3:46:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 991+ views
    Ynews ^ | 04/01/10
    'Bondage-gate' spurs donor drain for RNC Thu Apr 1, 9:51 pm ET It's not bad enough that, for some time forward, the words "Republican National Committee" will be the most frequent phrase surfacing in online search terms using the words "West Hollywood bondage club." Now leaders of the RNC have to contend with the defection of key constituencies from the committee's donor base. The RNC had hoped that the fallout from the scandal known as "bondage-gate" would blow over when it fired Allison Meyers, the staffer who put in for reimbursed expenses for a January outing at the Voyeur sex...
  • It’s April Fools’ Day all year long at the RNC (Malkin on Michael "Amnesty" Steele)

    04/01/2010 11:48:27 AM PDT · by pissant · 63 replies · 1,052+ views
    Michellemalkin.com ^ | 4/1/10 | Michell Malkin
    The RNC’s lavish spending problems at racy nightclubs are bad enough. But I find RNC chairman Michael Steele’s meeting with open-borders zealots to be an even greater obscenity. The Soros/Tides/Ford/Rockefeller-funded Center for Community Change crowed yesterday that Steele gave them a “commitment” to “to help in securing Republican support for immigration reform:” Today, ten leaders with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) met with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to discuss the future of comprehensive immigration reform in the Republican Party. They walked away with a commitment from Steele to work with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and the party’s...
  • Sarah Palin asks to be taken off invitation for Republican National Committee party

    04/01/2010 11:00:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies · 1,796+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/01/2010 | David Saltonstall
    Sarah Palin is refusing to be tied down by the Republican National Committee, days after the committee was found to have spent donors' money at an erotic, bondage-themed club. The former Alaska governor has asked the RNC to remove her name from an official invite to a New Orleans fundraiser next week, even though she'll be in the Big Easy for a separate GOP event. The one-time Republican vice presidential nominee "will not take part in any RNC fundraiser in New Orleans," an aide told Politico.com. The apparent snub comes days after federal disclosure forms showed the RNC spent nearly...
  • RNC Fires Staffer who Expensed Trip to Bondage-Themed Club

    03/30/2010 5:00:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies · 629+ views
    CBS News ^ | 03/30/2010 | Stephanie Condon
    The Republican National Committee has fired the staffer who charged the party committee for the nearly $2,000 bill from an outing at a topless nightclub, Politico reports. The unnamed staffer was aware the outing was not eligible for reimbursement but nevertheless convinced GOP donor Erik Brown, a California businessman, to pick up the tab and seek out reimbursement, according to Politico. The trip to Voyeur in West Hollywood, a bondage-themed club featuring topless dancers, reportedly followed a RNC event for its "Young Eagles" donors. Brown has reportedly agreed to pay back the funds. The RNC said in a statements its...
  • GOP leaders seek to distance themselves from Michael Steele

    03/30/2010 12:53:44 PM PDT · by Justaham · 14 replies · 662+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3-30-10 | Molly K. Hooper and Bob Cusack
    Republican leaders in Congress have moved to distance themselves from GOP Michael Steele this year, but that job will become more difficult as the spotlight on the midterm election intensifies. A GOP lawmaker who requested anonymity said the Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman’s relationship with House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is "not good at all."
  • First the strippers...now the booze. RNC hides liquor buys as Office Supplies.

    03/30/2010 6:29:16 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 180 replies · 2,856+ views
    LA Times/Gawker, RNC FEC Filings
    In the wake of the discovery that RNC money had been used for an outing at a lesbian/bondage club Gawker found this little item in the RNC's filings with the FEC: According to the LA Times"About $400 spent at a liquor store on Capitol Hill was classified in the report as "office supplies.'' A person answering the phone at Congressional Liquors said the store sells no office supplies."
  • Chairman Michael Steele's history of gaffes distract Republicans

    03/29/2010 4:49:40 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies · 930+ views
    Chairman Michael Steele's history of gaffes distract Republicans By Aaron Blake - 03/29/10 05:59 PM ET The revelation Monday that the Republican National Committee (RNC) expensed a trip to a risqué nightclub is just the latest event in an election cycle filled with distractions for the committee. Just about 14 months into Chairman Michael Steele’s tenure, the committee has already dealt with Steele offending both sides of the party, making politically incorrect comments about certain cultures, being the butt of late-night jokes and spending gobs of money. Regardless of the seriousness of each individual gaffe, Steele has often found himself...
  • Republican Christie ‘A Millimeter’ From Calling On RNC’s Steele To Resign

    03/29/2010 5:08:17 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies · 1,150+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ron Christie has to be among the most loyal Republicans around. The former aide to Dick Cheney and George Allen is a regular on Ed Schultz’s MSNBC show, where he ardently defends GOP positions, typically in the face of a liberal double-team. So when Christie comes this close to calling on RNC Chairman Michael Steele to resign, it’s news. And that’s exactly what happened on this evening’s Ed Show . . . Schultz set things off with a question referring to today’s revelations about the RNC reimbursing charges at a strip club with a lesbian-bondage specialty. View video here.
  • RNC Asks Member to Return $2,000 Reimbursed for Visit to Bondage Club

    03/29/2010 11:56:57 AM PDT · by txlurker · 38 replies · 1,564+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 29, 2010 | Fox News
    The Republican National Committee is asking one of its members to return nearly $2,000 that the member was reimbursed for a night out at a lesbian-themed bondage club. Doug Heye, a spokesman for the RNC, issued a statement Monday after two news agencies reported that the organization reimbursed a member $1,946 for a February trip to Voyeur, a bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood recently featured in The Los Angeles Times as the new hotspot. "We are investigating the expenditure in question," said Heye. "This was a reimbursement made an individual not on committee staff. ... The committee has requested that...
  • Good news: RNC charged several thousand at L.A. “bondage-themed club”; Update: Spender identified

    03/29/2010 12:15:40 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 82 replies · 3,725+ views
    Hot Air ^ | MARCH 28, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    We knew he was a “cool boss.” We … just didn’t know how “cool.” From a Daily Caller story on the chairman’s alleged desire to purchase a private jet — which seems only too plausible, given previous reports of RNC profligacy — spot the buried lede: While Steele has not purchased a plane, he continues to charter them. According to federal disclosure records, the RNC spent $17,514 on private aircraft in the month of February alone (as well as $12,691 on limousines during the same period). There are no readily identifiable private plane expenses for Democratic National Committee chairman Tim...
  • RNC Denies Steele Expensed Trip to X-Rated Club (who is Erik Brown, DNC having field day)

    03/29/2010 12:02:58 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 96 replies · 6,545+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 29, 2010 | Baltimore Sun News
    The Democratic National Committee is having a field day Monday at the expense of its cross-town rivals at the RNC--or the "Risque National Committee," as the Dems put it in one of the blizzard of e-mailed releases they are sending out. The Daily Caller says the FEC filings "suggest" that "Steele travels in style." From there it wasn't much of a leap for the DNC to send out emails stating that "Yes, it appears that Michael Steele spent RNC money" at the nightclub. SNIP It contains a payment to Erik Brown, at an address in Orange, California, who was reimbursed...
  • GOP family values? Michael Steele's RNC ran up almost $2K at strip club

    03/29/2010 11:10:11 AM PDT · by txlurker · 69 replies · 2,004+ views
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS ^ | Monday, March 29th 2010, 1:47 PM | By Kenneth R. Bazinet and David Saltonstall
    Talk about a grand ol' party. The "family values" Republican National Committee spent $1,946 at a West Hollywood strip club last month, records show, but a spokesman insisted Monday that RNC chairman Michael Steele was not among the revelers. "The chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable," said RNC spokeswoman Doug Heye, who added that the committee was investigating the expenditure. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/03/29/2010-
  • RNC hits 'bondage club' story

    03/29/2010 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies · 1,801+ views
    RNC hits 'bondage club' story By: Andy Barr March 29, 2010 12:10 PM EDT The Republican National Committee is pushing back hard Monday on a story in The Daily Caller, telling POLITICO that Chairman Michael Steele was “never” at a bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif., as the publication suggests. Buried in a Daily Caller story claiming that Steele suggested buying a private jet with RNC funds is the statement that “Steele travels in style,” citing, among other things, $1,946.25 “spent at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.” POLITICO confirmed the RNC expense...
  • High flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with GOP funds(RNC Cash for sex club?

    03/29/2010 6:53:10 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 299 replies · 6,508+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 3-29-10 | Jonathan Strong
    According to two knowledgeable sources, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele once raised the possibility of using party money to buy a private jet for his travel. ---snip--- While Steele has not purchased a plane, he continues to charter them. According to federal disclosure records, the RNC spent $17,514 on private aircraft in the month of February alone (as well as $12,691 on limousines during the same period). There are no readily identifiable private plane expenses for Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine in the DNC’s last three months of filings. --snip--- Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele...
  • Brewing tensions between the Tea Party and GOP

    03/20/2010 9:24:17 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 69 replies · 1,266+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 18 MARCH 2010 | REUTERS
    On a bright, brisk afternoon in mid-February, with snow still thick on the ground from storms that had battered Washington the week before, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele met with more than 50 members of the Tea Party, the Twitter Age conservative movement that is reshaping the U.S. political landscape. Steele, RNC chairman since January 2009, had invited them to the plush Capitol Hill Club, built as a clubhouse for the party's top brass next door to RNC headquarters. According to several accounts, not long into the meeting JoAnn Abbott, an activist from Virginia who calls herself the 'Tea...
  • Where's Steele?

    03/16/2010 9:47:00 AM PDT · by CCWild Bill · 29 replies · 615+ views
    3-16-10 | Wild Bill
    RNCC? Out there?
  • Michael Steele picks up a copy of Ron Paul’s “End the Fed” at CPAC

    02/21/2010 7:41:46 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 42 replies · 930+ views
    Liberty Maven ^ | 2/21/2010 | Marc Gallagher
    Michael Steele, Chairman of the RNC, visits Ron Paul at the Campaign For Liberty booth at CPAC 2010 to pick up a copy Paul’s most recent book, “End the Fed“. I wonder if Steele voted for Paul in the Straw Poll? Nah… couldn’t be, or could it?
  • Steele hints critics motivated by race

    02/10/2010 6:41:06 AM PST · by dmartin · 51 replies · 1,094+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann
    Critics of Michael Steele's tenure as Republican National Committee chairman are motivated by racism, Steele suggested in an interview published on Tuesday. Speaking to Washingtonian magazine (no online version), Steele wondered why his Democratic National Committee counterpart doesn't get the same criticism he does. "I don’t see stories about the internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation," Steele said. "Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”